DOJ to Trillanes : the revocation is Final and Executory, you cannot invoke legislative immunity or even appeal or file a Motion for Recon

DOJ to Trillanes : the revocation is Final and Executory, you cannot invoke legislative immunity or even appeal or file a Motion for Recon



He knew this day will come…

And boy was he surprised when it did. The revocation signed by the President is final and executory.

The Department of Justice is now hunting opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to be arrested anytime when President Rodrigo Roa Duterte revoked the amnesty given to him in connection to the different coup attempts he was involved with, during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


former LTSG (Lt. Senior Grade) Antonio Trillanes IV (photo credit to owner)

Once arrested he will be detained where he was detained prior to the granting of amnesty.

The opposition senator has made it public that he is ready to face arrest.

"I will not escape... Kung ipapa-aresto, eh 'di sasama ako... Hindi ako magtatago, definitely... I will not resist arrest," he said

Proclamation No. 572 signed by Duterte on August 31, it revokes the order of amnesty given to retired Navy officer Trillanes because such grant is void from the start because he did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Program. It said that Trillanes never admitted guilt for the coup attempts and he failed to apply for amnesty.

"The grant of amnesty to former LTSG (Lt. Senior Grade) Antonio Trillanes IV under Proclamation 75 is declared void ab initio because he did not comply with the minimum requirements to qualify under the Amnesty Program," the order read.

Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the opposition senator cannot invoke legislative immunity after the grant of amnesty is revoked by President Duterte.

DOJ Chief Guevarra said "immunity from suit while Congress is in session pertains only to offenses where the imposable penalty does not exceed six years." He further explains that the amnesty revocation does not need concurrence of Congress because of being void ab initio.

Also, Trillanes cannot appeal or file a motion for reconsideration to reverse the Chief Executive’s order.

"No, because this is not a court matter. This is something that pertains to the President's power of executive clemency. As far as formal pleadings like motion for reconsideration are in court, that does not apply," he said. "Because this is not a judicial matter, this is an executive matter because it pertains to executive clemency." 

Trillanes and his fellow Magdalo mutineers have been involved in the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and Manila Peninsula siege in 2007 against the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“No. 2, you have to admit what you have done and to be sorry for it. In other words, you have make to confession and admit that you are wrong, something to that effect. Everything is in there in the proclamation,” Guevarra said.

The Proclamation No. 572 signed by Duterte on August 31, signed by Pres. Duterte states that Trillanes has no pending application for amnesty granted to all active and former personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and supporters who joined the July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines stand-off and the November 29, 2007 Manila Peninsula incident.


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28 Comments

  1. Sowing and Reaping lang yan!

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  2. It's pure political persecution to silence all critics against him ( DU30).

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  3. Be this political persecution or not, Trillanes still needs to abide with the Law. Personally, i hate his stinking guts. I know it is good also to have a little opposition for Check and Balance purposes, but the thought that despite Du30's efforts to really do well in his job, this arsehole almost never had anything good to say about the president. I see this also as an insult to the millions who voted for Du30.

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    1. Well said John Harvey . Excellent observation.

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    2. So far so good hes abusing he shows disrespect the way he treat the president its seems hes above the law,

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    3. They should have just help Pres Duterte build our beloved country... They are only loyal to the liberal party not with the Philippines

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  4. All Presidents did their best to get the best result for the progress, peace and order of the Philippines. Critics will always be there no matter what program or actions will be carried out. However, criticisms must not provoke and entice the people to revolt against the duly constituted government, otherwise, it must be met with full-force of the law.

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  5. Pure political persecution or not but it has been done accordance on legal basis.

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  6. Well the people already know that giving him amnesty from previous administration is political,its now the right time for the people to know if there's lapses when pinoy grant him amnesty same as former CJ Sereno.(Let's see )

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    1. Correct!! No one above the law when it is revoked through its due process then be it, Fave the consequences Trillanes, anyways this is what you have been waiting for. Now it's the time to defend yourself. For Me What you sow is What you reap !!

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    2. Correct!! No one above the law when it is revoked through its due process then be it, Fave the consequences Trillanes, anyways this is what you have been waiting for. Now it's the time to defend yourself. For Me What you sow is What you reap !!

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    3. Correct!! No one above the law when it is revoked through its due process then be it, Fave the consequences Trillanes, anyways this is what you have been waiting for. Now it's the time to defend yourself. For Me What you sow is What you reap !!

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    4. Correct!! No one above the law when it is revoked through its due process then be it, Fave the consequences Trillanes, anyways this is what you have been waiting for. Now it's the time to defend yourself. For Me What you sow is What you reap !!

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  7. It's about time. Justice must prevail. Jail this annoying pest.

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  8. dapat, pag ang isang politiko na hindi nanalo sa election, kung sinong umupo na presedente, dapat supportahan nag 100 percent kasi ang taong bayan ang nagpanalo..natural lang na merong opposition kasi nga check and balance, pero kung nakita mo na wasto ang pag lead nang isang presendente, mas mabuti, hindi lang yong daldal nang daldal, sarili naman ang inu una..yon lang..

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  9. Thanks! More power! The law must prevail!

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  10. Respect the law and the duly constituted authority is all we need. No one is above the law ... Mr. Destabilizer!

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  11. He was given amnesty before..legal man yang amnesty nya or hindi,dapat nagpakabait na sya at di na dapat mainvolve sa anomang paglaban sa military commander in chief....

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  12. He was given amnesty before..legal man yang amnesty nya or hindi,dapat nagpakabait na sya at di na dapat mainvolve sa anomang paglaban sa military commander in chief....

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